Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
Create Your Own Artful Accents
More and more do-it-yourself brides are lining the aisles, customizing their wedding dresses with artful accents for style-on-a-budget embellishment that's stunningly simple.
Take inspiration from the large sew-on Swarovski crystals designers are using to adorn bodices ... or the cultured freshwater pearls and sequins that are spotlighting neck and backlines ... or the dreamy, weightless gowns lightly dusted with crystal clear Swarovski bicone beads.
If you've been contemplating adding a little extra sparkle and sheen to your wedding gown, here are a few tips to save you time and money.
Top 10 Tips for Embellishing Your Wedding Gown
According to Jamie, every fabric is a canvas for beaded embellishment. One rule to follow when shopping for beads is to pair lightweight beads with lightweight fabric. Heavy material can sustain heavier beads, however the lighter the bead the better, especially if you'll be applying a lot of them.
Choose beads that are color-fast. You may wish to incorporate heirloom beads, or vintage jewelry pieces that can be modified and sewn onto your gown, for added sentimentality. Wrapped and gathered waistlines are calling for a sewn-in jeweled brooch, as are halter, off-the-shoulder and square necklines where the shoulder strap and bodice meet.
When researching pattern ideas, keep the style of your dress in mind. Choose patterns that are fitting with the cut, material and any existing embellishment. Tulle flowers are easy-to-make accents for embroidered floral-motifs. To create this ''stand-out'' style,
Bows and rosettes present beautiful opportunities for embellishing--use pearls and crystals in your wedding colors, or in darker tones of your dress, for wispy femininity and just enough contrast.
Sketch your pattern or print patterns you find online to use as your guide. Keep the tension of the fabric even and knot thread frequently. Use beading thread and beading needles for sewing beads onto fabric.
The most important thing to remember when embellishing your dress is to have FUN! Let your imagination take you to new and exciting possibilities. Search the Beads and Brides section today for inspiration.
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